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An affordable housing lottery opens for 38 apartments in Downtown Brooklyn

  • Eligible applicants need to earn 54,960 to $215,150 and rents start at $1,528
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By Emily Myers  |
February 9, 2023 - 12:30PM

A virtually staged interior at 200 Montague St. shows over-sized windows overlooking Downtown Brooklyn. 

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Housing lottery applications are open for 38 newly constructed apartments at 200 Montague St. near Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn. Eligible applicants must earn from 54,960 to $215,150 depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $1,528 for a studio.

There are 18 one-bedroom units available, which can accommodate up to three people. The income requirement for these apartments is 130 percent of the area median income (AMI), which translates to $97,303 to $156,130. The rent for these one bedrooms is $2,838 a month. AMI depends on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $106,800 for a two-person household.

The pet-friendly building is packed with amenities including bike storage, a gym, dance studio, rooftop terrace, and children's playroom. There's also a shared laundry room. For pet owners, multiple pets are allowed and the the building has a dog-washing station. Additional fees apply for the use of some amenities. 

The apartments have open layouts and over-sized windows to maximize natural light. The units all have dishwashers, and high-end, energy-efficient appliances. Tenants are responsible for paying electricity bills, but rent includes the gas stove, hot water, and heat. 


Kitchens have gas stoves and high-end energy-efficient appliances. 


NYC Housing Connect

The building is well served by public transport with Borough Hall, Court Street, and Jay Street MetroTech stations nearby providing access to the B, D N, Q, R, 2, 3, and 4 lines.

The developers have set aside 50 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for applicants who already live in the area. Another 5 percent of the apartments will be preferentially given to NYC employees. A small percentage of the apartments are also set aside for residents with mobility, vision, and hearing needs. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than April 3rd.

If you’re interested and think you might qualify for one of these apartments, you can create a profile and apply online via NYC Housing Connect. For details on this particular lottery, click here. Don’t apply more than once, or you could be disqualified.

Winning a rent-stabilized apartment can be life changing: Rent increases are capped and lease renewals are automatic, providing long-term affordability for NYC renters. Need more information on how the housing lottery works? Check out “6 steps for applying to NYC's affordable housing lottery.”

For some advice from successful applicants read “How to land a rental apartment through NYC's affordable housing lottery.” And if you or someone you know is having trouble with the application process, consider reaching out to a housing ambassador in the community.

Note: Brick Underground is in no way affiliated with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development or the Housing Development Corporation. If you are interested in applying to these or other affordable housing developments, please go to NYC Housing Connect for information and instructions.

Have you successfully won an apartment through the affordable housing lottery? If you have first-person advice to share about the process, we’d love to hear from you. Please send us an email. We respect all requests for anonymity.


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Emily Myers

Senior Writer/Podcast Producer

Emily Myers is a senior writer, podcast host, and producer at Brick Underground. She writes about issues ranging from market analysis and tenants' rights to the intricacies of buying and selling condos and co-ops. As host of the Brick Underground podcast, she has earned four silver awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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